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'They have arrived to conquer the four of earth.'
The spirits of dead Indians are haunting a couple's house, and they call in an exorcist, whose trademark is a black whip, to get rid of them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lash La Rue ... Ranger Girard (as Lash LaRue)
Anna Lane Tatum ... Beth

Cynthia Bailey ... Tammie
Mary Dalton ... Mary
Paul Holman ... Uncle Earl Coleman
Cynthia Farbman ... Lynn Evans
Marc Matney ... Craig Evans
Tony Shaw ... David Cody
Robert Bushyhead ... John "Four Eagles" Cody
Suzie Martin ... Suzan
Dean Jones ... Alan
Steve Templeton ... Dallas
Page Elizabeth Ray ... Page
Eric Mikesall ... Cletus

Tony Elwood ... Courthouse Student
Don Dahler ... Photographer #1
Jeff Johnson ... Photographer #2
Peter Deane ... TV News Voice (voice)
Ralph Shaw ... TV News Voice (voice)
Janet Harllee ... Beth's Friend
Dave Plyter ... Mr. Evans
Howard Martin ... Churchman #1
Steve Idol ... Churchman #2
Sammy Fulp ... Minister
Cary Wolfe ... Fisherman's Son
Barbara Hill ... Fisherman's Wife
Ray Speight ... Man Shooting Fish
John G. Wolfe III ... Attorney (as John Wolfe)
Jerry Whittington ... Sammy
Lars Lundgren ... Housing Inspector
Robin Doby ... Waitress
David Hill ... Police Inspector
Neal Stockton ... Police Inspector
Stuart Watson ... Wolfeye
Mighty Joe Coltrane ... The Toltecs: Archer
Jerry Montgomery ... The Toltecs: Tomahawk
Sherwood Jones ... The Toltecs: Dim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
April Callahan ... Sam's Wife (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Smoot 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Phil Smoot 

Produced by
Lash La Rue .... executive producer (as Lash LaRue)
Phil Smoot .... producer
George B. Walker .... producer
John G. Wolfe III .... associate producer
Original Music by
Christopher Deane 
Matt Kendrick 
Cinematography by
Paul Hughen 
Film Editing by
Sherwood Jones 
Art Direction by
Dean Jones 
Makeup Department
Tony Elwood .... makeup supervisor
Dean Jones .... special makeup effects artist
Mark Kimray .... assistant makeup artist
Sound Department
Brad Hinkle .... sound effects recordist
Sherwood Jones .... sound editor
Jim Langwell .... sound mixer
Richard Stephens .... sound recordist
Jerry Whittington .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Tony Elwood .... prosthetic effects
Dean Jones .... prosthetic effects
Jerry Montgomery .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Cely .... gaffer (as Don B. Cely)
Mighty Joe Coltrane .... dolly grip (as Joe Coltrane)
Rocky Greer .... grip
Robbie Roberts .... assistant camera
Stuart Watson .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marcy Bethel .... costumes
Jane Wiley .... costumes
Editorial Department
Jim Finn .... negative cutter
Lawrence Mischel .... negative cutter
Other crew
Mary Dalton .... location coordinator
Mary Dalton .... production coordinator
Tony Elwood .... prosthetic effects
Dean Jones .... prosthetic effects
Mary Stafford .... location coordinator
Jerry Whittington .... post-production equipment


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UK:78 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Ranger Girard:All right, you demonic bastard, let's take this outside!See more »
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"No more magic. No more hocus pokus.", 28 February 2015
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

You like a good time with a whip? Look no further than the cheesy, but charm-ridden 80s horror "The Dark Power". What is an interesting set-up (the story's background is well-devised), eventually makes way to its ridiculous writing, low-brow dialogues and goofy, lightweight execution with a lot whip-cracking and wise-cracks ("Feel my whip you son of a b!tch") thanks to legendary B-western star Lash La Rue. Still this low- budget regional horror was lot more entertaining than it deserved to be… maybe more so unintentional, but entertaining nonetheless. Just listen to what comes out of these character's mouths… its rib-tickling (especially from the red-neck woman)… but it doesn't break loose until a good hour when our four evil Toltec zombie sorcerers come to terrorise some college coeds. For the first hour we got to listen to boring, if exaggerated exchanges, whip talk and numerous legends and theories involving the house on Totem Hill where the girls have moved into. At least you got an attractive buxom cast in Anna Lane Tatum, Mary Dalton & Cynthia Bailey. Then it turns crazy with plenty of hysterical screaming and "Benny Hill" chases, as now I don't know what was going on. You can see were most of the money went to though, as the effects are actually well staged and there is one very memorable face-lift. Too bad these zombie sorcerers looked and acted rather stooge-like, than anything truly threatening. Even watching La Rue go up against one of these sorcerers with his whip -- made out of materials from the four corners of the world was a battle of epic proportions. Watch as these two standoff as they go ahead whipping each other in turns, one a pure amateur while the other a master. Crack that whip! It was hard to tell if director/writer Phil Smoot was trying to be funny or not, but this slapdash effort is playful enough. Now that music score was like something out of an old-fashion western film… it even sounded like if someone's mobile was going off.

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